Ricciardelli's is the newest Italian restaurant to open in Hyannis in June, formerly La Paz Surf Cantina.
This establishment is full of warm hospitality - it greets you right at the door. The menu fits right in with current Italian restaurant style, including all the old standbys. It combines several pasta dishes, classic entrees like pamigiana, piccata, marsala, and cannolis.
The dining room is small with a cozy large bar serving just beer and wine. Seating is about a dozen tables, at the bar and on the patio on Main St. The red ceiling was bright and the shingled walls are decorated with photograph images of Italy.
As we were seated, chunks of fresh bread from Pain D'Avignon plus dipping olive oil were brought to the table by our server, who was cheerful and welcoming with good knowledge of the menu.
A bowl of Zuppa-Minestrone, ($6.95) was a nice start to the meal. This traditional house made Italian soup was made with a hearty vegetable broth with chopped vegetables, ditalini pasta, beans and plenty of small meatballs. My husband and I shared and it soon dissapeared. A hearty fall/winter delight.
Among our chosen starters, we shared the three House Meatballs ($12.95) The beautifully presented hand rolled meatballs were served on a creamy ricotta bed and soaked in their rich house made tomato marinara sauce and were artistically drizzled with olive oil and topped with specks of greens. Mama Mia!
The other appitizer was Eggplant Rollatini ($10.95) suggested by Stephanie. This breaded eggplant was rolled with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and served with the house marinara sauce.It's a decadent, vegetarian comfort food at it's best yet made without frying.
Both appetizers were quite enjoyable.
Next we wanted to share a salad and had four great choices. We ordered the house Garden salad ($9.95). I never order a house salad because they are so ordinary. Our server insisted Ricciardelli's was different. Glad she did!
The crisp iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, sliced cherry tomatoes, black and green olives, and red onions were tossed in a delicious house made dressing. Can't remember a better house salad.
For my entree I ordered the traditional Chicken Picatta ($18.95). Boneless chicken breasts were browned and sauteed with capers in a velvety lemon butter and white wine sauce. The chicken medallions were tender enough to cut with a fork. It was served over fresh home made linguini. I love capers and this dish didn't disappoint.
My husband's entree choice was Vitello Saltimbocca ($26.95) translated from the Italian, it means "jumps in the mouth." The Medallions of veal were dipped in flour, topped with imported Prosciutto di Parma & fresh sage pan-seared and bathed in a rich marsala wine sauce served over linguini and finished with mozzarella cheese.This dish was moist, tender, oozing cheese and was right on the mark.
Save space for desserts, including the Lemon Crostata ($6). This Neapolitan Lemon tart with a creamy filling tasted brightly of fresh lemon and was served in a golden brown butter pie crust and artfully drizzled with raspberry and caramel sauces with a dollop of whipped cream.
Can't go to an Italian restaurant without ordering the cannoli ($7.50) serving of two. This classic Italian sweet ricotta filling had a dense but creamy interior and was served in a baked shell. The shell could have been a little more crisp.
Great service and the meal came in a timely manner.
The kitchen surely reflects the flavors of the Almalfi Coast.
Open Tues-Sunday for dinner 4:30-10:00pm
575 Main Street,